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Martin Keogh presents: “Hope Beneath Our Feet”

By Robin Loving Rowland

Faced with a new baby and the dismal outlook of the world into which that child had been born, dancer/educator/author Martin Keogh went in search of hope. He didn’t know Michel Pollen, Howard Zinn, Barbara Kingsolver or the other sage authors of the day at that time, but they connected, and the resulting book is Hope Beneath our Feet: Restoring our Place in the Natural World.

Rotary Club presentation
“Hope Beneath Our Feet”
Tue, Feb 4, 12:30pm
Hotel Real de Minas
The corner of Stirling Dickinson and
Ancha de San Antonio

So, how did this Stanford University student who spent his youth in San Miguel before traveling to monasteries in Japan and Korea and becoming a teacher in Berkeley, California, come full circle back to San Miguel with this gift of a book?

Keogh’s journey took him through the production of conferences on gender, race and mythology. He worked as consultant and teacher with the blind. He became a Fulbright senior specialist. He facilitated groups and teachers’ conferences in 32 countries on five continents.

His books and essays (which include The Art of Waiting and As Much Time as It Takes) have been translated into nine languages. He will present his latest book at the Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende – Midday, Tuesday, February 4, at 12:30pm, free. Please see the website,, for location.

In this Rotary Club talk, Martin will tell stories about our relationship to this place we live and visit. He will tell the story of the making of the anthology and will bring to life excerpts from some of the essays by Barbara Kingsolver, Alice Walker, Bill McKibben, Michael Pollan, Howard Zinn, and others.

Hope Beneath Our Feet contains essential tools, both practical and spiritual, for those who care about our world and those who are just now realizing they need to care. Featuring essays by people from all walks of life – prominent environmentalists, artists, CEOs, grassroots activists, spiritual figures, and indigenous leaders, Hope Beneath Our Feet presents diverse strategies for creating change in our communities, the world, and ourselves.

Said actor/activist Leonardo DiCaprio, “This compelling and inspirational anthology raises a chorus of voices in defense of the earth. Hope Beneath Our Feet addresses the environmental problems plaguing our planet and the myriad forms of action each of us can take.”

When Keogh first moved to San Miguel in 1968, he could walk in any direction and be in the countryside in fewer than seven minutes. He climbed down the canyon wall to the pools of El Charco del Ingenio when he was 14 years old, long before the ladder appeared. Late, he and his wife, Liza, celebrated their wedding at the Plaza de los Cuatro Vientos up in the botanical gardens. This past year has been committed to walking regularly in the Jardín Botánico to sense the changes from day to day and season to season. Because of his year of walks, Martin was recently invited to join the board of directors of El Charco del Ingenio.

Rotary seeks to professionally, intelligently and inspirationally unite diversely competent leaders to ethically and responsibly lead people to generate sustainable solutions to the world’s most acute humanitarian challenges. This is accomplished through the strong connections of friendship and peaceful service.

For more information, contact Rotary President Lee Carter at, and see Keogh’s website and blog at and


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